Hol­i­day shows are steeped in tra­di­tion

The Commercial Appeal - Go Memphis - - Front Page - By Christo­pher Blank

Like warm hearths and din­ner ta­bles heaped with food, lo­cal the­aters are places where fam­i­lies come to­gether in De­cem­ber to hear the twice­told tales, re­visit mem­o­ries and get into the spirit of the hol­i­days.

With this year’s early Thanks­giv­ing, Christ­mas may yet seem a long way off. But judg­ing by the wave of hol­i­day shows rolling into the­aters this week­end, the “most won­der­ful time of the year” has al­ready ar­rived.

Tra­di­tions are se­ri­ous busi­ness for lo­cal the­ater and dance com­pa­nies, and once taken hold, they tend to last. Bal­let Mem­phis’ an­nual

bal­let, 25 years and count­ing, runs through Sun­day at the Or­pheum the­ater. A cast of more than a hun­dred peo­ple dances the

7 p.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church, 190 Adams. Free. Go to mem­phis­men­schorale.org.

NOV. 30 - DEC. 16 Ger­man­town Com­mu­nity The­atre’s “The Best Christ­mas Pageant Ever”:

7 p.m. Wed­nes­daysSatur­days and 2:30 p.m. Satur­days and Sun­days; 3037 For­est Hill-Irene Road. Tick­ets: $21 adults, $15 se­niors and stu­dents, $10 kids 12 and un­der. Call 901937-3023 or gct­come­play.org.

NOV. 30 - DEC. 2 Bal­let Mem­phis’ “Nutcracker”:

7:30 p.m. Fri­day, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Satur­day and 2 p.m. Sun­day at the Or­pheum the­ater, 203 South Main. Tick­ets: $10, $22, $43 and $72. Call 901-737-7322 or go to bal­let­mem­phis.org.

NOV. 30 - DEC. 23 Bal­moral Cham­ber Orches­tra’s Food for Mem­phis Con­cert:

7:30 p.m. at Bal­moral Pres­by­te­rian Church, 6413 Quince. Do­na­tion re­quested. Call 901-7677510.

Wolf River Singers Hol­i­day Con­cert:

7:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Per­pet­ual Help Church, 8151 Poplar. $12.50. Go to wol­friversingers.org.

DEC. 2 DeltaCap­pella an­nual Christ­mas Show with guests RSVP Cho­rus:

3:30 p.m. at the Ger­man­town Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre, 1801 Ex­eter. Tick­ets: $20. Call 901-7517500 or go to gpacweb.com.

Wolf River Singers Hol­i­day Con­cert:

3 p.m. at Our Lady of Per­pet­ual Help Church, 8151 Poplar. $12.50. Go to wol­friversingers.org.

DEC. 6 - 16

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